Egyptian naval personnel rescued 116 migrants travelling by boat after their vessel capsized Friday, according to AFP. At least 12 migrants drowned before personnel were able to assist the stranded passengers near the coast of Egypt's Alexandria. Naval vessels were still searching for more survivors late Friday.
72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and four Egyptians were among the survivors. It is suspected that the migrants, who had left Egypt illegally, were en route to Europe. More than 100,000 Syrians living in Egypt since civil war forced them to leave their homes, have tried to leave for Europe on overcrowded ships. In a similar effort to reach Europe, 300 African migrants aboard a ship originating in Libya drowned after their boat caught fire and sank earlier this month.